Today’s Non-Euclidean Æthercast is a happy rant about my experiences as a teacher when you teach children who are also gamers and cosplayers.
All in all it is a win-win: Pupils are more attentive if they like a teacher and a teacher sharing their hobbies is (as far as my experience goes) more likable and also approachable. Case in point: A number of my pupils have added me to their list of friends on Steam.
And this is Jukedeck I was talking about concerning the background music. (yes, I actually said juckebox in the podcast, I know and noticed it too late…)
In today’s episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast I have the great pleasure of chatting with one of my oldest international contacts in the Steampunk scene: Jo Lima from Portugal. Since we have known each other for quite a while, a lot has happened and Jo is no longer active in the Portuguese Steampunk scene.
Real life has „forced“ her to become a planetary scientist (to my everlasting envy) and she is currently working on her PhD thesis in Madrid.
Our chat mainly concerns astronomy and planetary science, please enjoy!
This has been a long time coming and I am actually a little bit confused about why it did not happen earlier, but here it is: I have the great pleasure of welcoming my favourite contemporary author, Lavie Tidhar, for an interview and chat about a lot of things in my podcast.
Both novels are mentioned in the podcast, as well as their respective genesis. Other topics of the interview are: A most mysterious project (only hinted at), the difficulties of publishing novels with controversial plots, and how the reception of Lavie’s works differ from country to country.
Just have a listen yourselves!
Photographs by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013,
A few weeks back I already posted the trailer of the graphic novel series Rayven Choi, featuring the eponymous super heroine who is out to hunt the people who killed her parents. Sounds a bit like Batman, but it is not. Obviously, the hero is a lady and Rayven Choi is also not a billionaire but poor and not least of all, she is black.
So we have a graphic novel featuring a poor black super heroine which is something I have not seen in comics at all. Luckily, after featuring Rayven Choi I was contacted by the author of Rayven Choi and director of the trailer I featured, Shequeta Smith, and she offered to be a guest on my podcast.
I of course took the opportunity, and as you can hear in the podcast above, we had a really fun chat and I am hoping we get to meet during the planned European tour.
Also, hee is the review of the grahic novel which I begin by featuring some of the pages of the first book in the series:
As you can see, the artwork is top-notch, it is also the only thing that is not quite to my taste. I am a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and prefer the style used in this series and its spin-offs. Still, the artwork is dynamic, realistic and really helps carry the feel of the story along. The story itself is an action-packed mix of spy-thriller, murder mystery, and also enough basic real-life troubles, something you do not find often in superhero comics, which makes Rayven Choi really relatable to as a heroine. Bonus: Since Rayven Choi is from the US but grows up in South Korea, there is a strong multi-cultural flavour to it, which adds to the overall quality of the reading experience.
All in all, after finishing the first book, I am also getting al the other five in the series.
Nine out of ten bullets with vengeance written on them.
It happens rarely I post something openly political, this time it has to be different. Because of recent events in the USA I had to voice my views on the matter and also point out a few things we can all enjoy together. Because we are still on the same planet together!
Anyway, please listen the podcast, share it and then enjoy the awesome music below (and get some food you can enjoy together with a neighbour with a different background than yours).
A few weeks back I already hinted at me delving into the matter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) versus STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) as an educational paradigm.
I have since done some research whcih has gone into the podcast, so please, have a listen!
Special thanks to my friend and now Patron Bonsart Bokel of Radio Retrofuture. Please consider becoming his patron, he is really putting an incredible amount of work into his channel.
Today I have the great pleasure of having Bonsart Bokel, host of the Radio Retrofuture Youtube channel (please subscribe!) as my guest on the Non-Euclidean Æthercast.
We cover a lot of ground during the course of the podcast, from Medieval reenactment, to retrofuturistic reenactment, yes this actually works. Bonsart has founded the RAG-TAG: Regiment Anachronistische Grenadiers, check them out. RAG-TAG are actually supposed to be the goons and evil henchmen, but like so many of the „evil guys“, the 501st Legion is the best example, I think, they do some really great stuff, in their case some „Stormtrooper courses“ for children, with nerf guns and other fun-enhancers.
But I am not going to spoil the podcast here, just tease it.
Today’s podcast features the author, nurse, geek and lady of many talents Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.
She was kind enough to respond to my call for Muslim geeks so we could have a chat to make one thing clear: The regular Muslim you meet is just that: A regular person with regular thing on their mind and in this particular case: A lot of regular geek things.
We talk about faith, politics (especially concerning bad-hair guy), writing, anime, Mass Effect, Fallout and gaming in general, and podcasts.
It is a tradition now, that the February episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast is dedicated to the wonderful initiative Steampunk Hands Around the World. The Airship Ambassador is once again providing a complete list of participants and their entries, so check them out!
This years topic is: My Favourite Thing in Steampunk.
It is really intersesting, fascinating and heart-warmimg, what the other participants have to add
I myself launch onto a happy rant about the beauty of the scene, the people, the dynamism, the magic, please enjoy!
It is rare to do an interview with somebody who has so many credentials in the field of general awesome as Naziyah Mahmood. She is an astrophysicist and aerospace engineer who has lectured about black holes and worked with ESA, the European Space Agency. The projects she worked on include CryoSat 2 and ESMO.
On top of that, she is a martial arts expert with an impressive collection of weapons (as you will find out), a general geek and pure and simply a great person to have a chat with.
We talked about science, languages, martial arts, poetry, philosophy, religion, being geek (including fashion choices) and several tangents are in there as well. And before I forget: You will also find out the story behind the Ninjabis!